Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran Hint at Retaliation After Beirut Blast
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had threatened to kill Saleh al-Arouri - who headed Hamas in Judea and Samaria and helped to found the group’s armed wing - which eventually happened earlier this week after an Israeli drone reportedly struck Hamas’ offices in Lebanon.
Israeli officials vowed that all Hamas leaders ‘are doomed to death’ after the attack, but declined to comment on whether their forces had carried out the Beirut blast.
Hamas condemned the killing as a “cowardly assassination” by Israel and declared that such attacks “will not succeed in breaking the will and steadfastness of our people, or undermining the continuation of their valiant resistance.”
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah earlier pledged to retaliate against any Israeli targeting of Palestinian officials in Lebanon. As the most senior Hamas figure killed since the war erupted almost 90 days ago, al-Arouri’s death could provoke major retaliation, with Israel anticipating that its enemies could launch revenge rocket attacks.
Iran’s Foreign Minister also joined Hamas and Hezbollah in condemning what they described as the violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty. Minister Nasser Kanaani said in a chilling response to the attack that the “martyr’s blood will undoubtedly ignite another surge in the veins of resistance and motivation to fight” against Israel. (DM / VFI News)
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